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Special Brethren Activities

DENOMINATIONAL

Ball Annual Conference    It is the historical town meeting of the Church of the Brethren where delegates from each local church gather in harmony to affirm one another, and enact polity. This annual gathering successfully mixes fun, worship, serious debate, education, and challenge in one memorable week.

Ball Camping Ministries is offered by our twenty-three Districts, and open for attendance to individuals from any walk of life. Many of the camps offer special "extended" activities beyond the geographical area of the camp itself, such as a caving or white-water canoeing camps. Camp directors endeavor to give campers a taste of life in the wild, plus a spiritual perspective of life itself.

Ball Brethren Volunteer Service How can one person with compassion meaningfully assist so many others that are immersed in poverty, hunger, or occupational exclusion? Filled with enthusiasm and high aspirations, people often lack the focus or the connections to know where to start. BVS offers these bright and energetic individuals the opportunity to make a practical difference in the world around them.

Ball National Older Adult Conference or NOAC is an opportunity for spiritual renewal for adults who are 50 plus in years. Events include worship services, fellowship gatherings, resource fair, handcrafts, recreation, outdoor music celebrations, ice cream socials, and plenty of free time to enjoy the local scenery. The next conference will be held September 7-11, 2015, at Lake Junaluska, Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.

Ball National Young Adult Conference is a time when hundreds of youth get together to make friends, renew acquaintances, spend time in worship, participate in workshops, and encourage one another in their journey of faith. The next conference will be held May 22-24, 2015 at Camp Swatara in eastern Pennsylvania.

Ball National Youth Conference or NYC is held every four years by the Youth & Young Adult Office. Eligible youth must have completed ninth grade through one year of college at the time, and each congregation must supply one advisor for every seven youth. The last conference was held July 19-24, 2014 on the campus of Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado. The next conference will be in 2018.

WORK CAMP OPPORTUNITIES

Ball YYA Work Camps are sponsored by the Youth & Young Adult Office. Each camp project gives youth an opportunity to explore the world around them, experience the priceless beauty of creation, the exhilaration of helping others, and discovering the interesting nuances of different people and cultures. If you are interested in participating, inquire about camp locations and registration expectations.

BELIEFS & PERSPECTIVES

Ball Membership 101 Here is a place to explore the possibility of establishing your membership with the Church of the Brethren. You will learn about vows which you would be expected to affirm during a Baptismal or Reception service, and also the more distinctive beliefs and practices that uniquely accentuate the Church of the Brethren from other denominations.

Ball Brethren Card The Church of the Brethren has historically resisted the theological confinement of creeds and narrow statements of faith; but in order to give non-Brethren a brief introduction to our beliefs and practices, this card was issued many years ago to list the essentials of our understanding of the New Testament.

Ball Brethren Logo of our denomination is comprised of three elements which makes a distinct statement reflecting; our unity in Christ, our compassion for a world in spiritual darkness, our mission to serve others, our responsibility to teach and baptize, and our hope of reward for faithfulness.

Ball Creeds and the Brethren by Frank Ramirez examines the basic reasons why Brethren have traditionally resisted the confinement of a creed by detailing historical moments and theological weaknesses that predictably lay in the pathway to the formation of creeds. Ramirez further gives treatment to the inherent problems of creedalism such as affirmation without investigation or different signposts for different believers on the spiritual journey of faith. Lastly, readers are effectually challenged to define their own approach to developing and defending a system of beliefs.

Ball Pocket Gospel In Apostle Paul's letter to the Romans, he condenses the message of God's grace into just a few short verses. For that reason, some have called this passage the Pocket Gospel. You will be able to view humanity from God's perspective and learn how Jesus became the centerpiece of that plan of grace.

Ball Plan of Redemption through Jesus Christ Understanding the grace of God through the death and resurrection of Jesus is at the heart of Christianity. Here is an overview of God's plan to redeem mankind to Himself through the exemplary life and vicarious atonement of Jesus Christ.

Ball FAQS - Frequently Asked QuestionS Visitors frequently load our e-mail box with innocent, and often curious questions about the Church of the Brethren and what we believe or how we function as an organization. Read our responses to these inquires, and hopefully you will discover the answer to your question.

Ball Timeline    of the Church of the Brethren tracing our development from a very small circle of eight Anabaptist and Pietist believers in Schwarzenau, Germany, until the present 1,100 congregations in 36 states with mission projects around the world. Discover many external religious events that significantly contributed to our formation. Included are many secular historical markers to help properly frame Brethren events in relation to world happenings.
“He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:11-12

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